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DIY Acrylic Tray

by Chris on March 4, 2013

Well, happy Monday! Hopefully you had a good weekend. I mostly rested up from a cold that just wouldn’t let go, but I did get to stop into Hobby Lobby for a bit of retail therapy. I had an “aha” moment while I was there. You know–one of those where you’re all, “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that sooner?!”

DIY Acrylic Tray

I won’t over-word this one. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Hobby Lobby has a bunch of these plastic frames that are super inexpensive. The back is just filled with some cardboard, so I removed the innards and flipped it into a tray. A 40% off coupon made it $3.00.


I already had this paper on hand. It was 12×12, so I just cut it down to fit inside. An 8×10 piece would have fit perfectly.


And I present to you the $3.00 pretty little tray.

Acrylic tray from frame
I didn’t do anything to adhere the paper. Just stuck it in there. So easy it’s almost embarrassing. Almost.

Desk tray

acrylic frame to desk tray



Jenny@Simcoe Street March 4, 2013 at 7:21 am
Lisa March 5, 2013 at 10:33 am

Love love love the tray – so cute! I also love your phone cover! Where did you get it?

Kim @ Plumberry Pie March 4, 2013 at 7:55 am

Brilliant! Can’t believe I didn’t think of that either!! :)

Lauren H March 4, 2013 at 8:03 am

Genius! I have been searching for trays in different sizes to match my decor…and budget. This is perfect, Chris!

Jen March 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

Great idea! Love it.

kristin March 4, 2013 at 8:56 am

I won’t over word it either…perfect and EASY!

kristin March 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

OK but I have to add now that I noticed, really noticed, your cool white pencils…They say “Just a Girl”! Too cool!

Colette March 4, 2013 at 9:31 am

Such a good idea! I’m going to search the house to see where I can put one. Thanks for the good idea!

Meesh March 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

OMG so cute!! I love this idea for my dresser display!! Perfect! Seriously great idea!!

Bossy Betty March 4, 2013 at 10:13 am

Love this idea!

amber March 4, 2013 at 10:19 am

that is so smart! i would not have thought of that!

Kelly March 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

And that is why I have always read your blog. I never would have thought to do that. But totally going to now! I like the paper being loose too, then you can change with decor easily. Genius as always. Thanks!

Katelyn March 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

Genius! I might make one of these as a shower party favor.

Natalie @ A Turtle's Life for Me March 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

SO gorgeous… the “tray”, the paper you selected, the styling, your photography! Absolute perfection! We will soon have these trays covering every surface in my entire house! ; )

Shelley March 4, 2013 at 11:58 am

I really like that paper…do you remember where you got it?

Emilie March 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Genius! Can’t wait to do it. Thank you so much!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} March 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Adorable. And look at you with your fancy styling. Photos look great, too. As always!!

Mary March 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

So clever!

Brooke @ Design Stash March 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Brilliant!! Seriously…..LOVE it and how easy it to put together! Looks gorgeous! Keep the great (and easy) ideas coming!!

Britney Mills March 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Such a great idea! And can be used all over the house :)

Nicole Stone March 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

This would be cute on a kitchen or bathroom counter! If you did it in a bathroom, you could laminate it so the moisture wouldn’t ruin the paper :)

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista March 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm


Beth March 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm

This is the kind of craft that even I can handle !!

JaneEllen March 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

That idea was waiting for you to discover. Sometimes we get in such a hurry we don’t look at ordinary things that can be repurposed and you were the clever girl to discover it. Great job. That is a great idea and inexpensive, gets my vote. Happy March

jessica@fourgenerationsoneroof March 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Very cute :) Good way to add a little bling! If I keep anything cute like this on our coffee table, my bull mastiff gets his slobbering nasty mouth in it and makes a mess!

KMP Modern March 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm

What a fabulous idea and beyond simple! I have seen plenty of acrylic trays and other small pieces that I liked but their price tags put me off. Your idea is easy, modern and luxurious with a budget price tag. Love it!

Shannon A March 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Super love this idea. I was looking for those frames and did not find them at M’s so glad you posted they have them at HobLob! Also really love your phone case? Where did you get it? :)

Jennifer@ Blissfully Ever After March 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

This is an awesome idea, Chris! I love it! So chic and for around $5…can’t beat that! I may have to make myself one for my desk organizer.

Sarah Spegal March 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Love your iphone case! Where did you get it???

missy March 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Love easy projects that don’t LOOK easy! So cute. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie March 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

So smart! I made mine today and I adore it! I made the Container Store version for gifts this past Christmas, but love how inexpensive this is!

Craftivity Designs March 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

This tray is adorable, I can’t wait to make one of my own! I also wanted to let you know I featured you in my Kick-Off Friday post today!

netty March 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm

So GENIUS! I have had my eye on these treys at Joss and Main, but couldn’t justify the price. At $3 and I don’t have to be super smart, I’m all over it! THANK YOU :)

Robin March 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

Such a clever idea! I’m definitely doing this. Thanks, Robin

Ingrid March 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Such a genius idea. I love your phone cover and would love to know where it is from!

Chris March 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm

I found it at Super cheap!!

Telisa Van Leeuwen March 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

This is so ingenious!!! Seriously, thank you for thinking of this awesomeness and sharing:) I think I need to make a few of them.

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